Following on from the last post I had an e-mail:
My 17 year old son announced last summer that he wouldn't go the Mass any more, precisely because "it's so boring". Our PP is a three sermon man at best (start, sermon,and notices) and never prepares anything. He talks, and talks, and talks, and talks, and talks. (His best yet is six: the normal three, where there was a Pastoral Letter: to which he added a commentary, a post-Offertory sermon, and one before Communion.)
The young curate, who will soon be taken from us and not replaced, and who my son really likes, tried reasoning and got the reply: "Mass should be about Jesus, not priests"; to which there is no easy answer.
There is a sound underlying faith there, and a lot of family and friends praying for him, and an absolutely delightful polite, considerate, young man: but I couldn't find a decent argument to attract him to Mass other than a penitential one, such as "offer it up", which I didn't use.
My advice is to try and help him find him a place, a group, an organisation, a monastery or something where he will feel he belongs and that involves a bit of a challenge. The danger is that once someone stops practicing it is so very difficult to take it up again.
What advice would you give?